Thanks to EATB1979 for the recording! Sounds pretty good overall but as with other recordings with this rig there is some distortion on the louder bass parts. Missing Encore - "Don't Ease Me In"
November 23, 2014
My favorite post-Jerry Dark Star!
I wrote a review here (http://www.philzone.org/cgi-bin/discus/show.cgi?tpc=459920&post=13748287#POST13748287). I won't paste it, as it doesn't exactly fit here. But I just want to say that this show included my favorite post-Jerry Dark Star by leaps and bounds. Granted I haven't listened to every one of them, but I've heard plenty of them live, and I was at the TreyDeski Dark Star in Las Vegas (many people's fav and my second fav), but this is even better!
It has everything! The old and the new! It starts with a short bass tune, segues into an incredibly beautiful and intimate Mind Left Body Jam, then goes to many diverse and wonderful places afterward.
From my Philzone.org review posted before this recording was posted here (http://www.philzone.org/cgi-bin/discus/show.cgi?tpc=459920&post=13747149#POST13747149):
"Last night's Dark Star was one of the most expressive, deeply trancing, episodic, Dark Stars I've ever heard! Please forgive me if my memory is a little hazy, but Dark Star morphed out of the post-Uncle John's jam with an uncharacteristically up tempo beginning jam. Then there were a couple of different episodes which eventually led to the Introduction. Then there was another episode, followed by the first verse, and other episodes, some thick, some sparse. My memory is truly fuzzy about the order of everything, but I do remember at one point it all came down to Phil singing a capella -- at which point you could hear way too many drunk people carrying on loud conversations in the back of the room, so the a capella thing didn't last very long, but it was an incredibly moving moment, all the same."
Indeed, the first line of the second verse starts a capella, then launches into the intense full band on the second line. It's a product of a well rehearsed group of musicians who are largely familiar with Dark Star and the various places it can go traditionally, which translates into going to many other places which would only be possible with a band of musicians who totally and seriously KNOW Dark Star.
Anyway, tonight I find myself in a motel room after playing a symphony concert, wanting to get our less than satisfying performance out of my ears (and my sad and disgusted heart) and replace it with what is now my old tried and true friend of a Dark Star! I notice there is nobody gushing about how great this Dark Star in the review section -- in fact there are no actual reviews, just a set list -- so I thought I would finally add my 2¢ about this truly wonderful, magical, inspired -- even therapeutic! -- Dark Star here:
The whole show was great, but the Dark Star is (IMHO) the most underrated since Jerry's death. The recording isn't perfect, as the volume of Phil's bass rig coupled with the frowning on all but the most stealth of taping makes it difficult for any audience taper at TXR (or at least it did in 2012, when people were admonished to put cell phones away and one of my friends was even asked not to spin or dance with her arms over her head in the Grate Room -- no shit!). But the fact that this recording even exists here on archive has been a great comfort to me over the two years since I attended the show.
I'm pretty sure I've actually listened to it a couple of hundred times since it was posted here, shortly after the performance. I'm now more familiar with this performance than I am the version on, "Live Dead," -- on which I was all but raised! I remember all of the solos and I can remember and anticipate all of the different episodes every time I listen to it, and every time I listen to it, it makes my life better. No shit!
I encourage you to give it a listen if you haven't yet done so.! :-)
P. S. -- Thanks for the ticket to this show, Mikee!
September 8, 2012
Phil Lesh and Friends Ramble
Grate Room, Terrapin Crossroads, San Rafael, CA
Phil Lesh - bass, vocals
Jon Graboff - pedal steel, acoustic guitar, percussion, vocals
Mark Karan - guitar, vocals
Neal Casal - guitar, vocals
Adam MacDougall - keyboards, vocals
Joe Russo - drums
Like a Rolling Stone (MK) ~>
Candy Man (NC)
Crazy Fingers (JGr) ~>
'Til Summer Comes Around (NC)
Long Black Veil (JGr)
Hwy 61 Revisited (MK)
Sugaree (MK, NC)
Ship of Fools (NC)
Into the Mystic (MK) ~>
Uncle John's Band ~>
Dark Star (PL>MK>NC)~>
Stella Blue (NC)
Help on the Way (JGr) ~>
Franklin's Tower (PL)
Enc: Don't Ease Me In (JGr) (missing)